Monday, 20 March 2017

The Long Road to School. Nepal’s oldest schoolboy, on a quest to finally finish his classes.

Posted by Dhruba Shrestha March 20, 2017 :
Durge Kami from Nepal is a 69-year-old widowed father of 7. He has worked hard all his life to raise a big family. Now that his adult children have fled the nest, he decided, at long last, to realise his lifelong dream of a school education. He has always had hunger for knowledge, but Durge Kami’s parents couldn’t afford to send him to school. Yet he never gave up on the hope that one day, he would get a proper education. Now, because there is no adult learning centre in his area, he joins a class full of school kids and is learning to read and write, speak English and use a computer. It was a bold move that made him the subject of ridicule in his community. Many of his fellow caste members could see no reason for any kind of education, let alone at his age but, undeterred by the mockery; Durge Kami doggedly kept on doing what he loved.

Before long, his story appeared in the media and Durge’s fame spread, not just nationwide, but worldwide too. Now his teachers hope that his example will inspire children to do well in school and help change attitudes to adult education, which will improve Nepal’s education system.

However, his fame hasn’t swayed all public opinion in his favour, even his family is torn over his decision to start school so late in life. RT Doc meets the famous elderly pupil and members of his community to ask if his studies are just a whim or a dream come true and a socially significant precedent.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.